We’ve seen many retro releases this year and we also saw a big dramatic shift in buying behaviour for Jordan’s at the same time. The trend is simple. Non-hype releases are still available at your local foot locker and for hype releases, you’ll be lucky to score a pair at retail on release date. With May 28th set for the release of the infamous Flu Game XII, I’m pretty confident these won’t be sitting long. With JB bringing back the original box from 1997, its literally another slap in the face for the niche of OG (Original) collectors because Nike isn’t giving collectors the feeling of exclusivity anymore. As a collector, what’s the point of collecting when everyone on the block has the same thing?
2 years ago, I’ve flipped many pairs of OG ’97 DS XII Flu Games in the range of $375-$450. Over the last year, the price has dipped to around the $250-$325 range. Even though the retail price is set at $190+tax (depending on the state you’re in), one would be looking at about $220 per pair tax in. My prediction is that these would clear off the shelves fairly quickly as re-sellers would be busy snatching up pairs to flip given its a hype iconic release. With that said, i think re-sell price would land around the $275-$325 range for the first month. With all else equal, we can potentially see the scenario of the OG pair from 1997 cost less than the new release. From my standpoint, I see a buying opportunity to snatch up some OG pairs for a discount during this time frame taking advantage of the new retro influx. Though you might argue the 1997 pair is not wearable as the soles may fall off. But my counter is that a re-glue cost less than $40 or even cheaper on a DIY basis.